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An Introduction

We present this exhibition for your enjoyment at The Albert square Chop House. We’re proud of our British heritage. We’re even prouder of our Northern roots. And we think the pictures make our new Chop House in Albert Square a more interesting place to be in.

We’ve lost count of the number of questions we’ve been asked about the subjects. Identifying them and what they’re famous for would make a great pub quiz. This catalogue provides the answers. It tells you who’s who and why they’re in the collection. It’s also here to help Paul sell his work. That’s what he does. He’s an artist and he’s got bills to pay. They’re high quality works of art, limited-edition prints and very collectable.

Paul lost his sister Donna to breast cancer, which is why he is donating £50 from every picture sold to the Genesis Breast Cancer Appeal. Genesis, based at Wythenshawe Hospital, is Europe’s only specialist breast cancer prevention facility.

We are running a charity gala dinner and silent auction here in The Memorial Hall function room on Friday April 26 to raise more funds. Tickets will be £50 a head. Please let us know if you’re interested in attending. Visit our What’s On section to find out more.

Please take a look at the full programme of all the images currently within the exhibition. We hope you enjoy the exhibition at The Albert Square Chop House.

Roger Ward & Alister Cook


About Paul Wolfgang Webster

Paul, known to his friends as Wolfie, is mad as a March hare. Mad in the way many creative people are. Back in 1982 he was a butcher in Rochdale. He went to Athens on holiday with his girlfriend, and bought his first camera for the trip. It was a Ricoh KR10. His first photos were tourist snaps.

Now he has four pictures hung in the National Portrait Gallery. These are the images of Fred Dibnah, Ian Simpson, Professor Brian Cox and Debbie Moore.

Many others deserve the same acclaim.

The exhibition is a series he began at Rochdale College for his degree show in 1995. He intends it to be his life’s work. The iconic image of Tony Wilson, taken in November 1997, gave the collection its name.

He was originally inspired by the work of the legendary German documentary photographer, August Sander who was born in 1876, only ten years after this building opened its doors. Sander was not only a great photographer, he also annoyed the Nazi party, which is another good reason to like his work. He influences photographers around the world to this day.

Inspired by him, Paul is recording the people who make Northern England what it is today. This is a documentary record of our times and our people. Many of them famous, many of them less so. But each of them with a story to tell. His images hint at these stories. And, collectively, they form the most remarkable record of our era and our region.

This is living history.

He uses an ancient Hasselblad and the available lighting wherever possible. He says that his job is to capture an image which says something about the subject. And to draw us in so that we want to know more about them.

His work has previously been exhibited very successfully at Mr Thomas’s Chop House. The three floors of this new location provide a bigger backdrop to the enlarged collection which contains over 40 new photographs.

The exhibition is for your pleasure. However, all the images are available to buy as framed, stamped, limited edition prints signed by Paul – for just £300. To enquire about buying a print please email us at  £50 from each purchase will be donated to the Genesis Breast Cancer Appeal. Charity number 1109839.

And, yes, Wolfgang really is his middle name.


Paul Wolfgang Webster

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Made in the North is a collaborative project. It would not be possible without the help and support of many people. Nigel Maitland and Merve Valentine freely give their time and their organisational skills. It’s fair to say that Paul relies upon them. We are also indebted to Tony Husband and everyone else who helps with introductions. If you have any suggestions and contacts for future subjects, please get in touch with us at